Roadless Tongass Meeting in Petersburg

The Forest Service will be holding a public meeting in Petersburg on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:30-8pm in the Assembly Chambers to engage the public on developing an Alaska Roadless Rule to encourage Alaska’s economic development while conserving roadless areas. The flier is here.

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Alaska Division of Economic Development visit Petersburg

Misty Smith with the Alaska Division of Economic Development (DED) will be in Petersburg from September 19-20 and available to talk with fishermen about their loan programs including new loans and extensions of current loans. She is available to meet at the Petersburg Borough Office and you can reach her by call or text at (907)723-2518. Her flier is here.

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Comment Period on Spending Plan for 2016 GOA Pink Salmon Disaster Funds

The Draft Spending Plan for funds appropriated to address the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon disaster is available for comment until September 7th at 5pm. The full draft plan is here, below is a summary.   Guiding Principles for fund Distribution: disbursement of funds will be prioritized based on the following criteria: 1) funds will be allocated to improve fishery information to better assess and forecast future fishery performance; 2) fishery participants directly involved and harmed by the 2016 pink salmon disaster; 3) funds will be disbursed to positively affect the broadest number of people possible; and 4) address losses to primary business and infrastructure that directly support pink salmon fisheries and that incurred the greatest losses as a result of the disaster.  Categories Read more...
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USCG Alert LED Light Interference

The USCG is receiving reports of radio frequency interference caused by LED lamps. Some ships have experienced degradation of VHF receivers, including AIS, caused by LED navigation lights. LED lighting installed need VHF antennas has also shown to compound the reception. The full alert and instructions to test for the presence of LED interference can is here.

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Petersburg Fishing Families Workshop

Marysia Szymkowiak from NOAA fisheries will be traveling to Petersburg to hold a work shop on September 17th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Scandia House Conference Room. The Alaska Fisheries Science Center is holding a workshop to discuss the interactions of fishing families and changing regulations, environments, and socioeconomic conditions in Alaska’s fisheries and fishing communities. This is an area of consideration for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and other regulatory bodies and there is little information on it. All participants in Alaska’s fisheries are welcome. The flier for the event is here.

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Guidelines for Navigating around Cruise Ships

The Southeast Alaska Pilot’s Association is distributing this flier on sharing waters with large vessels.

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Platypus Marine BBQ

Platypus Marine will hold their annual ‘Captains and Crews BBQ’ in Petersburg on Wednesday, June 6th at 5pm at the SONs. The event will be catered by Liv and Heidi’s Kjokken & Kito’s Kave. Please view the flier here.

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